Welsh wonders of quirky indie Super Furry Animals are back after a five-year hiatus
In a piece of news that will be music to the ears of their many die-hard fans, the Super Furry Animals are back in the game following a five-year hiatus. The line-up of Huw Bunford (guitar/vocals), Cian Ciaran (keyboards/effects/vocals), Dafydd Ieuan (drums/vocals), Guto Pryce (bass) and Gruff Rhys (vocals/guitar) is still intact, and the boys are embarking on an extensive world tour, which includes a stop at Cambridge Junction on 28 April.
The band were part of the Britpop boom of the 90s, first bursting on to the scene in 1995 with their first EP, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (In Space). They went on to become national treasures in Wales, releasing a glut of hit albums (nine in the space of 13 years to be precise), and eventually becoming recognised as one of the most innovative indie bands around.
Super Furry Animals are known for their outlandish behaviour (see below), and exhilarating live performances – this is a gig not to miss. Tickets are £26.
- Rhys Ifans, actor of Notting Hill fame, was the original lead singer for the band
– he also used to live with Daf from the band.
- Super Furry Animals (who in fact started life as a techno collective), once purchased an army tank that they modified, painted blue and turned into a dance music sound system, which they’d pitch up in at festivals.
- Listen closely and you can hear Paul McCartney chewing vegetables on Super Furry Animal’s Receptacle for the Respectable (a reference to the Beatle’s contribution to the Beach Boys 1967 song Vegetables).
- The band’s fourth studio album, Mwng, was the world’s first Welsh language album ever to chart in the top 20.